IBM United States
Hardware Announcement 103-286
October 14, 2003

IBM eServer pSeries 670 and 690 expand configuration flexibility with Capacity BackUp offering

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At a glance



Greatly enhance the configuration flexibility of pSeries 670 and 690 servers with a complete system backup of affordable 8-way CUoD processor features that remain in standby mode until you need them.

Thirty days (240 processor-days) of temporary On/Off CoD activation are included with each of these processor features:

  • 1.5 GHz POWER4+, 0 of 8-way processor feature for p670
  • 1.3 GHz POWER4, 1.5 GHz POWER4+, or 1.7 GHz POWER4+, 0 of 8-way processor features for p690

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: RE001).


Disaster recovery has just gotten easier and more affordable for pSeries® 670 and 690 servers used as disaster backup systems. The pSeries for Capacity BackUp (CBU) offering consists of an 8-way Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) processor feature with all eight processors inactive. The processors are offered on pSeries 670 and 690 systems specifically configured for disaster recovery backup and remain inactive until you need them.

The 8-way CUoD processor features deliver durable 1.5 GHz POWER4+™ processors for p670 and 1.3 GHz POWER4™, 1.5 GHz POWER4+, and 1.7 GHz POWER4+ processors for p690. The p670 for CBU server must be configured as a 16-way system with four active processors, and the p690 for CBU server must be configured as a 32-way system with four active processors.

In the event of a disaster, the processors can be temporarily activated to meet processing requirements. Each 8-way CUoD processor feature includes 240 processor-days of temporary On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) activation. A p670 CBU system includes 240 individual processor-days, and the p690 CBU system includes 720 individual processor-days of on/off usage. You may activate and deactivate as many pairs of CUoD processors as you want until the total processing days have been reached. Additional On/Off CoD activations may be purchased if needed.

Additional enhancements: Entry-level p670 configurations with CUoD processors can now be order with a single multiple chip module (MCM) feature (#7400), enabling four processors to be active and four to remain in standby. Previously, the minimum configuration required eight active processors.

In another enhancement, p650, p670, and p690 servers now support CUoD activation (permanent, trial, and temporary On/Off CoD) when running Turbolinux Enterprise Server 8 or SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. A partition reboot is required if adding CUoD resources (processors or memory) to a Linux partition. A system reboot is required if adding CUoD resources to a system running Linux as the only operating system in a single system image mode.

The previously announced Memory on Demand features for p650, p670, and p690 are now supported by AIX® 5.1 when the server is configured in a single system image.

Key prerequisites

Refer to the Software requirements for details.

Planned availability date

October 31, 2003


POWER4+ and POWER4 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
The e-business logo, pSeries, and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.


No publications are shipped with the announced product.

Technical information

Hardware requirements

pSeries® 670 and 690 — Capacity BackUp Configuration

CUoD for memory is supported on p670 and p690 CBU systems. This enables the disaster recovery system to permanently grow memory to match memory growth on the production server. It is recommended that the backup system maintain the same amount of active memory as the production system to ensure the highest level of service in the event of a disaster. CUoD for memory is permanent activation only and is separate and independent from the On/Off CoD for processors on the CBU system.

Software requirements

  • AIX® V5.1 with 5100-04 Recommended Maintenance package (APAR IY39794) and APAR IY36771, or later
  • AIX V5.2 with 5200-01 Recommended Maintenance package (APAR IY39795) and APAR IY36772, or later

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: In the event of a disaster and the production system cannot be repaired, you should contact your IBM representative and submit a Request for Price Quotation (RPQ) to transition the CBU system to a normal production server. Pricing of these situations will be handled individually and will be managed to minimize disruption to the system operation.

Cable orders: No additional cables are required.

Security, auditability, and control

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

Terms and conditions

This product is available for purchase under the terms of the IBM Customer Agreement.

IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts and used parts. In some cases, the hardware product may have been previously installed. Regardless, IBM's warranty terms apply.

MES discount applicable: Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field-installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year

Customer setup: No

Licensed machine code: Same license terms and conditions as designated machine

IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer®. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services is comprised of two separate but complementary elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. Using the news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your system to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic customer-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit:


The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                                        Model     Feature  Purchase
Description                             number    number   price
Machine type 7040
Power Converter                         61D       6237     $ 4,000
 Assembly -- Type 2,
 I/O Drawer
8-Way POWER4+(TM) CUoD                  671       7401      34,000
 Processor with 128 MB
 L3 Cache, 0-Way Active
8-Way POWER4+ CUoD                      681       7407      55,000
 Processor 0-Way Active
8-Way POWER4+ Turbo                     681       7408      70,000
 CUoD Processor 0-Way
8-Way POWER4(TM) Turbo                  681       7409      38,000
 CUoD Processor Option,
 0-Way Active

Initial support

                                        Model     Feature
Description                             number    number    MMMC(1)
Machine type 7040
8-Way POWER4+ CUoD                      671       7401      $1,337
 Processor with 128 MB
 L3 Cache, 0-Way Active
8-Way POWER4+ CUoD                      681       7407       1,378
 Processor 0-Way Active
8-Way POWER4+ Turbo                     681       7408       1,546
 CUoD Processor 0-Way
8-Way POWER4 Turbo                      681       7409       1,676
 CUoD Processor Option,
 0-Way Active
POWER4 1.1 GHz First                    681       8009       3,417
 MCM Upgrade Indicator
POWER4 1.1 GHz Second                   681       8010       3,417
 MCM Upgrade Indicator
POWER4+ 1.5GHz MCM                      681       8012       3,936
 Upgrade Indicator
Minimum monthly maintenance charge

Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Mail:      The Americas Call Centers
            Dept. RE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690
 Reference: RE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.


Electronic Service Agent, POWER4+, and POWER4 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
pSeries, AIX, and eServer are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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